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    CERN – Conseil Europeen pour le Recherche Nucleaire

    Pronounced sern. Short for Conseil Europeen pour le Recherche Nucleaire (European Laboratory for Particle Physics), CERN is a research laboratory headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and funded by many different countries. While most work deals with nuclear physics, the CERN is known for Tim Berners-Lee’s pioneering work in developing the World Wide Web portion of the Internet.